Complete Your Home with a Shelter Pet

A pet can provide a number of benefits to a household, which is why many people choose to have pets in their homes.

Pets can provide companionship and help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially for people who live alone. Research has shown that interacting with pets can help reduce stress levels and promote relaxation. Pets can also provide physical health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease. Certain pets, such as dogs, require regular exercise, which can motivate their owners to get outside and be active. Having a pet can help teach children and adults alike about responsibility and caring for another living creature. Pets can also provide emotional support to their owners, particularly in times of stress or difficulty.

Of course, owning a pet also comes with responsibilities and costs, such as providing food, shelter, and medical care. It’s important to carefully consider whether adding a pet to your household is the right decision for you and your family.

If you are able to adopt a pet, consider adopting from your local shelter. There are many good reasons to adopt a pet from an animal shelter. Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is a great way to add a furry friend to your family while supporting a good cause and saving a life.

Adopting a pet from a shelter can save a life. Every year, millions of animals are euthanized in shelters because there are not enough homes for them. By adopting from a shelter, you’re giving a second chance to an animal in need.

When you adopt from a shelter, you’re supporting a good cause. Shelters are often run by nonprofit organizations or government agencies that are dedicated to improving the lives of animals in their care. By adopting from a shelter, you’re helping to fund their important work.

Shelters typically provide basic medical care for the animals in their care, including vaccinations and spaying or neutering. This means that the pets available for adoption are generally healthy and have already received some basic veterinary care.

Adopting from a shelter is often less expensive than buying a pet from a breeder or pet store. Adoption fees usually cover the cost of spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and other medical care, which can be a significant savings compared to purchasing a pet and paying for these services separately.

Animal shelters often have a wide variety of pets available for adoption, including different breeds, sizes, and ages. This means you’re more likely to find the perfect pet for your family at a shelter.

Taking in a pet can be mutually beneficial for both you and the animal, and if you’re not in a position to adopt, consider making a donation to your local shelter.

Local Animal Shelters

Location: 7894 Ocean Gateway P.O. Box 1143, Easton, MD

Phone: 410-822-0107


Talbot Humane provides a safe and healthy environment for unwanted companion animals; places all treatable and adoptable companion animals in good homes; protects all animals from cruelty and neglect; and reduces the unwanted companion animal population through spay/neuter and educational services.

Talbot Humane has been helping animals on the Eastern Shore of Maryland since 1932. For over 90 years we have we have committed our work to the animals of the Midshore and their people.

Location: 4930 Bucktown Rd., Cambridge, MD

Phone: 410-228-3090


​Baywater Animal Rescue exists to provide humane shelter and care for companion animals in need of housing; promotes kindness and a clear opportunity for life.

Location: 407 Belle St., Ridgely, MD

Phone: 410-820-1600


We care for approximately 1,500 abandoned, neglected, abused and homeless animals every single year. We maintain an active adoption and rescue program. 

The Caroline County Humane Society takes quiet pride in how far we have come. Through dedication, commitment and our love for the animals, we have made a difference; a difference not only in the lives of thousands of animals who were given a second chance, but in our community and in the lives of the citizens of our county that we serve.

Location: 10168 Worton Rd., Chestertown, MD 

Phone: 410-778-3648


As Kent County’s only animal shelter, we care for hundreds of animals each year, with the mindset that each and every single adoptable pet will receive food, shelter, medical attention and love until they’re home. 

Location: 201 Clay Dr., Queenstown, MD

Phone: 410-827-7178


Location: 326 Wye Mills Rd., Queenstown, MD

Phone: 410-643-9955


Chesapeake Cats and Dogs (CCAD) is a lifetime haven and no-kill animal rescue organization dedicated to rehabilitating and providing a second chance for cats and dogs that have been abandoned, abused, lost, strayed, or surrendered.  Our organization was formed in 2006, and consists of a group of dedicated volunteers working to achieve our goal of providing a life of love and dignity to all animals. We have successfully placed more than 2,000 homeless cats and dogs in loving homes.